I tend to think that M2 High Speed Steel is the same regardless of the
company that uses it for making tools. So you want M2 or better. Carbon
steel is a whole different ball game.
That said and a selection of tools is given, the question becomes one of
configuration, ie the curvature of the outside of the tool as compared to
the inside for a gouge. P&N seem to have a good grasp on that situation.
Second, there is the question of sharpening. An M2 HSS tool should sharpen
and hold an edge well. Use a jig if in doubt. I like the one I made and is
explained on my web site but all the commercial jigs work well if you follow
Good luck and tell us what you think if you do or do not buy P&N.
God bless and safe turning
Truro, NS, Canada
> I found them hard to keep sharp and not very good. Try packardwoodworks
> gouges or artisian series which are henery taylor just not polished. M2
> is only made in 3 locations and heat treated in 2 its all the same steel
> pay for the name. I have used every name out there and use Packard the
> most. Stay clear of chinese HSS its not m2 but m1. Packard for my money
> the best.
> > Hello,
> > I am planning on buying my first tools soon (3/8 spindle gouge, 3/4
> > skew chisel, 3/4 square end scraper and a parting tool)).
> > What do you think of the P&N tools in the Lee Valley catalogue? and how
> > would I fasten item U on pg 49 of the 2005/2006 fine woodworking tools
> > (item number 37B01.51)? ie the steel that goes in to the handle does
> > NOT narrow as in item N of same page.
> > Thank you
> > Marvin